Valerie Christell's large pastel drawings from the early 1980s take the landscape and make it abstract. In them, she tries to emulate the experience of seeing the land while driving at high speed on the back of a motorcycle. The resulting imagery is rendered in energetic and gestural line work that morphs into large fields of color. This example, 'Orange/Black abstract,' takes on the appearance of nighttime, lit only by the light of the motorcycle headlight. The image is dominated by blacks and oranges, as well as dark blues and warm salmons.
44 x 30 inches, artwork
45 1/8 x 31 1/8 inches, frame
Inscribed and signed "To David, Val" lower right
Framed to conservation standards using archival materials including 100 percent rag mounting, and housed in a silver finish aluminium moulding.